My recent collage work is available for purchase on Someone Prays for You
Someone Prays for You is a fundraising initiative started after the Russian invasion of Ukraine by Taras Polataiko, a Ukrainian-Canadian artist from Chernivtsi. Proceeds go directly to support civilian defenders on the front lines. The name of the fundraiser is taken from a poem entitled The Mother from Ukrainian poet Halyna Kruk, which describes a mother praying for her son fighting in Eastern Ukraine.
Donating artists: Michael Allgoewer, Violetta Oliinyk, Stanislav Turina, Janet Cardiff, Angela Andorrer, David Blatherwick, Denise Hawrysio, Jarema Polataiko and Taras Polataiko.
Please help support citizen defenders in Ukraine by purchasing their artwork. Money collected will go towards medical supplies, body armour, night vision optics, reconnaissance drones and other crucial equipment.
Tate Britain has acquired two of my pieces from the Spotlight series, the large hardcover Spotlight Actresses as well as Volumes 1-12 of the magazine-style Leading Actresses A-L.
Installed outside Library and Archive Collections in Focus Space, Tate Britain, January 2023
Curated by Gustavo Grandal Montero
Taking Out, a large relief and digital print from 2012 made during my residency at the University of Alberta, hangs in a home designed by architect Johan Carlsson in Copenhagen, Denmark, and featured in RUM International Edition (Oct 2022). Carlsson is an architect, designer and founder of the award-winning JAC Studios, whose projects across both the public and private spheres seek to challenge the way we view interior and exhibition design.
Recent video work Gaps in the Persistent Hiss, with sound by Malvern Brume, will premiere as part of Experiments in Cinema: A Celebration of International Cinematic Experimentation.
The film festival, based in New Mexico, is online from May 1-22 at www.experimentsincinema.org. Gaps… is in Programme 12.
Gaps in the Persistent Hiss is a journey through a landscape, both sonically and visually. Through the combination of experimental music and a hand-held telescopic lens, this video presents a radically discontinuous, almost hallucinogenic experience, gradually revealing a primordial dimension to the world. It squeezes the visible through the material funnel of the lens, unfolding it on the other side to reveal a new perspective.
Experiments in Cinema, recently featured in the Millennium Film Journal and Senses of Cinema magazine, was voted one of the top 10 experimental film festivals in the world.
Film projection MOCA London
Front windows May 14 – 16
113 Bellenden Road
London SE15, 4QY
Relaxation and Nothingness
May 14 – 16, 9 – 11pm
a film by Denise Hawrysio with sound by John Wynne will be projected (after sundown) on the front windows of MOCA London. This work was developed from a live Zoom intervention made during the first London lockdown.
Relaxation and Nothingness is closer to painting than to traditional narrative. It exploits the specificities of time and technology, almost making itself, in the tradition of the structural filmmaking experiments.
Screening of Character Actresses A-K from Spotlight Project
at Lecture Theatre, Camberwell College of Art, Wednesday February 14th, 2018 – 3 to 4pm
My re-casting of the 1987 Spotlight directory evokes the spirit of surrealist collage, embracing Andre Breton’s definition of Surrealism as a disruptive “juxtaposition of two more or less disparate realities” or, in this case, two more or less disparate faces. The audio component is inspired by the sound poetry of Kurt Schitters’ Ursonate, 1922–32, where language is broken down into its abstract parts, read by Eleanor Vonn Brown.
Research trip to Copenhagen for installation work for late 2018, which will be part of the permanent exhibition for the Museum of Copenhagen; curated by Jakob Parby and architect Johan Carlsson, from JAC studios. Johan Carlsson curated an earlier wall installation called “A place of Contemplation” which was at RACA gallery in 2005, which will now be part of the Museum of Copenhagen. The installation is part of the theme of public resistance, and the resulting difference alternative communities which formed in Copenhagen over the last 20 years.
There used to be a me
Camberwell College of Art, UAL
45-65 Peckham Road, London
May 24 to June 9, 2017
Denise Hawrysio is clearly interested in situating her work within borderline situations whereby meaning arises through the experience, exposing complex and paradoxical identities, probing perceived and subliminal ideals of socially secure ideologies. And therefore this small but powerful exhibition at the Camberwell College library, which takes its title from Peter Sellers who once said, “I could never be myself… You see, there is no me. I do not exist… there used to be a me, but I had it surgically removed” to Kermit the Frog during his 1978 appearance on The Muppet Show, is entirely fitting into todays social media driven world.